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As a result of the temporary closing of the College due to COVAID-19, the enrollment process has changed.

Take a look at the steps below:


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Step 1: Apply to Thomas Nelson

Applying to the College is free. Before you apply, please review our How to Apply page.

The completed application will indicate your domicile status, Student ID number, and MyTNCC username and temporary password. Make sure to keep this information handy.

College Application

Step 2: Contact Admissions

Contact us at once you have completed the application. We are receiving an unusually high volume of emails, due to the COVID-19 closures. Our response time may take longer than usual; please be patient.

  • In your email make sure to include your full name and student ID number (your student ID is the EMPL number generated on the last page of the application). Include your high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores (if you’ve graduated within the last 5 years); and/or college transcripts from any institution you previously attended. These items can be used to waive some or all of placement testing. If you are unable to include these items due to school closures, please indicate in your email.
  • In the meantime, set up your MyTNCC account using your MyTNCC username and temporary password. MyTNCC provides access to important student information and your College email account.
  • You will also have access to our onboarding tool, Navigate, 24 hours after you apply online. Login to Navigate using the credentials generated on the last page of the application.
  • After setting up Navigate if you need additional help you may also make an appointment to meet with staff in the Admissions office. Learn how here: Admissions Appointment

Sign in to MyTNCC

Step 3: Admissions Checklist

Admissions staff will contact you with a checklist of outstanding items, documents, etc. after reviewing your application and any documents you emailed to us. We will be in touch with instructions on the next steps you need to take in order to enroll.

Step 4: Advisor Appointment

Make an appointment with an Advisor through Navigate. Click here for instructions on how to schedule your appointment in NavigateHaving trouble? Contact the helpdesk at or call 757-825-2709.

Step 5: Register for classes through Navigate

Navigate is an online platform specifically created for you: a community college student. Learn more about Navigate

Sign in to Navigate

Step 6: Register for New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is a program for all students with no prior college or university enrollment (excluding dual enrollment). As a new student, you are required to attend a New Student Orientation session. Register for New Student Orientation.

Step 7: Order Textbooks online

Thomas Nelson bookstores are your one-stop shop for all the materials you need to succeed.

» Bookstore

Step 8: Pay Tuition

Pay for all tuition and fees on time to ensure you aren't dropped from classes. Tuition is due on Friday, May 1 for summer 2020 courses; Friday, July 17 for fall 2020 courses.

» Tuition and Fees

During this unprecedented time please be patient as we work to respond to your request. Our email and call volume is very high so we appreciate your patience. We urge you to use the website and Navigate during this time.

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